Dinosaur Dinner with a Slice of Alligator Pie: Favorite Poems

Dinosaur Dinner with a Slice of Alligator Pie: Favorite Poems

by Dennis Lee, Debbie Tilley
     
 

For the first time, the poetry of Dennis Lee, the Pied Piper of children's verse, has been collected in one rousing volume by the inimitable Jack Prelutsky. From food fantasies to schoolyard chants and monster mayhem, Lee really knows how to tickle kids with words. There are quiet poems, rude and rambunctious poems, and some pure nonsense verses that trip off the…  See more details below

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For the first time, the poetry of Dennis Lee, the Pied Piper of children's verse, has been collected in one rousing volume by the inimitable Jack Prelutsky. From food fantasies to schoolyard chants and monster mayhem, Lee really knows how to tickle kids with words. There are quiet poems, rude and rambunctious poems, and some pure nonsense verses that trip off the tongue, begging to be said over and over again. Others capture the attraction of a muddy puddle or the somnolent rhythm of windshield wipers on a rainy day. There's something for everyone in this wonderful collection of read-aloud or read-alone rhymes and Debbie Tilley's (Riddle-icious) buoyant imaginative watercolors are an open invitation to jump in and join the fun.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Watchers of TV's Fraggle Rock and Barney already know Lee's (Alligator Pie; Jelly Belly) lively lyrics. This zesty miscellany offers many a silly ode on food, mud, bugs and the author's homeland ("Taller than the CN Tower,/ Bigger than Quebec:/ Don't fool around with/ Torontosaurus Rex!"). From the insults of "Georgie, Georgie,/ Wash your face,/ Or we'll kick you out/ Of the human race" to the squirm-inducing "Pizza, pickle,/ Pumpernickel,/ My little guy/ Shall have a tickle," a good-natured tone predominates. There's a Shel Silverstein-like bounce to the rhythms and unerring meter, but Lee lacks Silverstein's dark edginess; even the monster of "I Eat Kids Yum Yum!" is no match for an equally hungry girl. The choice of illustrator is inspired: Tilley's (Riddle-icious, see p. 77) watercolors of playground antics and dinosaur-like green lizards bring out the poems' mischievousness and bratty verve. Not all of the entries are puckish, however: among the finest poems is the lullaby "Silvery," which ends the collection on a lyrical note ("Silverly/ Silverly,/ Over the/ Trees/ The moon drifts/ By on a/ Runaway/ Breeze"). Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Pat Metz
The creative title is an open invitation for children to read some of these fun-filled verses to tickle their funny bones or to giggle as they flip through and see the colorful and playful watercolor illustrations. A couple of quieter poems were also included for some thoughtful moments.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4Prelutsky has selected some of his favorite poems by his highly praised Canadian counterpart, Dennis Lee. The 41 selections are humorous, wacky, and wonderful, appealingly presented from the first page to the last to create a treat for young poetry aficionados. Many of the pieces have to do with eating and food, but not allone or two are quiet and contemplativeand they all speak to a child's everyday experiences. The beloved "Alligator Pie," as well as less-known but amusing favorites, such as "The Muddy Puddle" and "The Perfect Pets," are included Most of the choices come from collections that are not currently available in the U.S.: Alligator Pie (1974), Garbage Delight (1977), and Jelly Belly (1983), all originally published by Macmillan Canada. Tilley's imaginative illustrations are filled with bright colors and characters bursting with fun. A happy collection that belongs on most library shelves.Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679870098
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/25/1997
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
8.29(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He attended New York City Public Schools and studied voice at the High School of Music and Art.  He enrolled in Hunter College in Manhattan but left soon after "to become a beatnik". Jack has been a cab driver, a busboy, a photographer, a furniture mover, a potter, and a folk singer.  He enjoys bicycling, playing racquetball, woodworking and cooking.  He lives in Washington State with his wife Carolynn and a vast collection of poetry books and frogs in every shape, size, and form -- except living!  There was a time when Jack couldn't stand poetry.  In grade school he had a teacher who left him with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver.  He rediscovered poetry in his twenties, and he decided that he would write about things that kids really cared about, and that he would strive to make poetry delightful.  He has been writing poetry for more than twenty years and has published more than three dozen books for children.  

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